Events & activities

To find Events and Activities at the Kansas City Public Library:

  • Use the main menu under Events & Activities (above)
  • Select a date on the calendar (left)
  • Select your preferences in the "Check out Library events" dropdown menus (left).
  • Scroll down to see Special Events below.

If you require ADA accomodation to utilize Library services or attend events, please notify the Library office at least 48 hours in advance at 816.701.3400.

Special Events

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Stephanie Kelton, chair of UMKC’s economics department, and the University of Missouri’s Joseph Haslag face off in a discussion of the government’s role in the economy. Does it really know people’s wants and needs? What market failures can it address? Mike Shanin moderates.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Art Stewart, who in more than six decades as a baseball scout brought Bo Jackson to Kansas City and signed 70-some other players including current Royals catcher Salvador Perez, discusses his career and new book with Kansas City Star columnist and co-author Sam Mellinger.
Friday, September 19, 2014
In a program presented by Kansas City’s John Wornall House Museum, Jay Clasen offers a hands-on look at an array of antique toys from his collection. Then, he leads a “real life” game.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, September 19, 2014
This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (NR)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Philip K. Howard, founder of the nonpartisan coalition, Common Good, discusses his book on how to fix a broken government that leaves little to no room for common sense. His solution: Set goals and boundaries instead of dictating daily choices.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
In a discussion of his book, Florida International University’s Ediberto Román offers a counter-narrative on undocumented, often Spanish- speaking immigrants blamed by critics for raising crime rates, taking jobs away from citizens, crashing the economy, and eroding traditional American values.
Friday, September 26, 2014
On the eve of a new Kansas City festival spotlighting the region’s vital role in the pork industry, a panel of craft butchers from across the country discusses sustainable pork production. A reception features locally prepared pork dishes.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Hollywood Cavalcade (NR)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
In observance of the opening of Union Station 100 years ago next month, Jeffrey Spivak draws from his book, Union Station, Kansas City, in a discussion of the landmark building’s history, controversial adaptive reuse, and place in future transit and civic plans.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 21, 2014
This exhibit from the Smithsonian  Institution celebrates the history of America’s Asian Pacific citizens – from the first Asian immigrants to their place in key moments in America’s history.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
 New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon highlights the local legend’s rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.